Maine Fair Franchising Passes House But Dies in Senate

The good news is that a significant effort to restore some balance to the Franchisor/Franchisee relationship paid dividends when the Maine House of Representatives voted to adopt Minority Report “B” on Monday of this week, thereby endorsing our fair franchising legislation!  The other shoe dropped however, on Wednesday when the Maine State Senate killed the initiative by…

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Connecticut Advances Fining Those Not Paying “Predetermined Wages”

On a 7-3 vote this week, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employee Committee released HB 5069 with a favorable report to the House Floor.  The bill provides that any employer with 500 or more employees or “any franchisor whose franchisees, collectively, directly employ at least five hundred employees in the state” and does…

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Coffee News Fighting Fair Franchising Again

Back when fair franchising legislation was first introduced in the Maine Legislature, Bill Buckley, the President of Coffee News which is headquartered in Bangor, Maine, was out front and very vocal in his opposition, even going so far as to allege it could end franchising in Maine.  Well, this week, Buckley was again in the…

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New Hampshire Fair Franchising Bill Sent to Study Committee

On Wednesday of this week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee voted by a one vote margin to send the proposed New Hampshire Fair Franchising bill (HB 1215) to a study committee, effectively killing the bill for further consideration in the current session.  The final vote was essentially a party…

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Sub-Committee Meets Today On New Hampshire Fair Franchising Bill

As we advised you last week, New Hampshire’s House Committee on Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee named a sub-committee to work through HB 1215, the Granite State’s fair franchising initiative.  The working group, chaired by Representative Kermit Williams (D-Wilton), and including Representative Chris Muns (D-Hampton), and Representative Emily Sandblade (R-Manchester) will be meeting today in…

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Maine Legislation To House Floor in Spring

All indications from a timing standpoint seem to suggest that LD1458, Maine’s Small Business Investment Protection Act, reported out of committee for further study, will not reach the House floor for a vote until late March or maybe April.  Trying to predict when a bill will be considered on the floor is always a challenge,…

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Sub-Committee Appointed To Refine New Hampshire Fair Franchising Bill

At the conclusion of its public hearing on HB1215, the fair franchising bill pending in the NH House of Representatives, the Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee appointed a sub-committee to work through the issue in greater detail.  The sub committee, chaired by Representative Kermit Williams (D-Wilton), will also include Representative Chris Muns (D-Hampton), and Representative…

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Maine Legislation Still Awaiting House Floor Debate

No word yet of when Maine’s legislation, LD1458, will be debated on the floor of the House of Representatives.  You will recall that there were three reports coming from the Joint Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development vote on the legislation, the final being to further study the issue.  In light of that…

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Maine Fair Franchising Work In Progress

The Small Business Investment Protection Act, LD1458, was the subject of a committee work group meeting just yesterday, so we don’t have a full report on which to advise you yet.  Suffice it to say that the Maine legislative page reports that the matter was tabled, but we’ll have more information later today.  We apologize…

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